Gene Hunt and Alex’s Ashes

May 23, 2010 at 12:19 am (Jim D, TV)

The final episode of “Ashes to Ashes” on BBC 1, demonstrated that mainstream television can still produce intelligent and entertaining drama.

I personally loved it, because it reminded me of the best years of my life.

I didn’t fully understand the ending: I got it that Gene Hunt was dead already and that Alex, Ray, Chris and Shaz were going back to the future: but what about all those stars? And was  Jim the devil?

Was it, in fact, yet another variation on the Faust story?

Viewers of the 1980s police drama learned that Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, had in fact died in his first week as a policeman and had been the apparition who had regularly appeared to DI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes).



“In attempting to discover the true fate of Hunt’s former colleague Sam Tyler – played by John Simm in Life on Mars – DI Drake realised she too had died, while DI Ray Carling, DC Chris Skelton, and WPC Shaz Granger also learned they had passed away.

Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the series’ climax, Ashes to Ashes co-creator Matthew Graham said: “It’s been hard keeping the secret, even my family didn’t know.”

He added: “I don’t tell them anything. So they know nothing in advance. It is an emotional ending.

“I guess we very rarely finish a show, where you really know that you are saying goodbye to a group of people.”


  1. Will said,

    This post just confirms me in the thought that you, Jimbo, are a thoroughly decent and marvellous person that shuD be our Prime Minister for life. Wasn’t it a brilliant programme? great that you watched it while i did the same. I freel clean because of that.

    Now get back to fuckking the fuck out of cunt fuckjobs who think they are the new Lenin.

  2. charliethechulo said,

    I understand that the last episode of “Lost” ended in a very similar way…oh well, as Keynes said: “In the long run, we’re all dead.”

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